The Most Romantic Travel Date Ideas For Valentine’s Day

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Sunday is Valentine’s Day and a day when many couples try to plan the perfect date. This year an exceptionally high number of couples will be staying home to celebrate but that doesn’t mean we don’t get to plan ahead and think about romantic getaways and dates we could have abroad. To get some insights into the world’s best date spots, we asked six travel creators about their favorite locations. After all, who knows more about a scenic backdrop than them? Here are some places to bookmark.

Aileen Adalid, Travel Vlogger and Digital Nomad, Founder of I am Aileen

What do you think is the perfect travel-related Valentine’s Date? 

You can never go wrong with a romantic date in the outdoors and in my opinion, a safari experience is the perfect Valentine’s date idea. It’s also one of the most unique things to do especially for animal and adventure-loving couples! With a dizzying number of safari destinations in the world, there are a lot of places to choose from, but my personal pick will have to be South Africa. There is the famous Kruger National Park, but if you’re confined within Cape Town, there are also a number of safari places that are just a drive away such as that of the Gondwana Game Reserve.

Why is this a particularly romantic experience?

A safari date is a surefire way to check off a bucket list activity together, and this wonderful memory will forever be fondly shared as each couple gets up close and personal with various wildlife (while also inadvertently supporting game reserves and local communities). It might seem like a daunting date idea at first especially when it comes to costs, but there are actually a number of safari places that won’t put a huge burden on anyone’s budget. And as you end the day with Africa’s famed sunset views, you and your loved one might just end up singing, if not feeling, the “Can You Feel the Love Tonight” song!

What made this a memorable experience for you? 

It just feels utterly amazing to be out there in the wild — and the chance to share such exhilarating moments with someone dear makes it even better. For instance, it’s not easy to spot the big cats especially in an expansive park; but when you do… it’s an experience that’s far too special. It makes you feel connected to the world around you — and inadvertently, makes you feel more connected to the person you’re with too! Now, isn’t that just swell?

Nneka Julia, Writer/Photographer/Host 

What do you think is the perfect travel-related Valentine’s Date? 

Kitchen Table in Tulum (or the kitchen counter will do), a bottle of wine, and a deck of conversation cards.

Why is this a particularly romantic experience?

Before the pandemic, I had one of the best old fashions I’d ever tasted at a spot called Bad Luck Bar in Detroit. I asked the bartender what made his old fashioned so good, so distinct. He replied that the simplest things are typically the most complex. “It took me years to learn how to make this “easy” drink this well,” he said. For me, romance is similar. I don’t need the frills; I need the main ingredients: libations, dim lights, and great conversation. 

What made this a memorable experience for you?

Kitchen Table Tulum was my then-boyfriend, now husband, and I’s first dinner abroad. We strolled up cobblestone stairs, waltzed to our seats at a wooden table under the stars, and popped open a bottle of bubbles. The flame from the outdoor kitchen gilded our faces as we quizzed each other about life, love, and our hopes for the future. It felt like we were the only two people in the world that night.

Andi Muñoz, Travel Content Creator 

What do you think is the perfect travel-related Valentine’s Date? 

Have you ever thought of a day or two-long private sailboat charter? Whether it’s at your nearest lake or somewhere paradisiacal in the Caribbean, there is no better way to disconnect from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. We chose the British Virgin Islands as our couples-getaway for two weeks last month, and we already know it will be one of our dearest memories for years to come. Countless islands to sail to, the clearest of waters, and warm weather. Include a bottle of champagne or Caribbean rum, whichever you prefer, in your provisioning and you have all the ingredients for the most memorable Valentine’s day. 

Why is this a particularly romantic experience?

It’s just you, your partner, and the peaceful calm of the air and sea — the perfect environment to enjoy each other’s company. Say goodbye to cell service, and any other distractions that could take away from enjoying one another and the experience of sailing, and being one, ahem, two with nature. It’s an experience that really only a few people get to witness in their lifetime. And it’s all the more special with the one you love. 

What made this a memorable experience for you? 

For us, this was particularly memorable because we got to truly be a team — a two-person dream team tackling their first time alone on a sailboat, navigating Caribbean waters, and hopping from island to island. There’s nothing more romantic than finding a secluded cove for the two of you, all to yourselves, with a gorgeous beach perfect for a skinny dip at sunset — what a reward after a long sail. Our favorite memory was at a place called The Baths: after making it to shore, we went for a stroll on the beach that eventually turned into a hike over and under large boulders stacked on the shoreline. Some of them were perfectly aligned to create hidden saltwater pools, light rays shining through the cracks and illuminating the water and the white sand floor below. Pure magic.

Sanjukta Sol, Travel Blogger and Photographer, Co-Founder Ode to My Travels

What do you think is the perfect travel-related Valentine’s Date? 

When I think about Valentine’s Day, I always think of my honeymoon which was also during that time. We went to French Polynesia which would have to be the most idyllic place for a couple. 

Why is this a particularly romantic experience?

I could list 100 reasons — white sand beaches, crystal clear water, colorful fish, even lemon sharks. French Polynesia has so many islands and it’s really secluded. Anytime you go to a beach you’ll probably be the only people there. 

What made this a memorable experience for you? 

In Moorea we decided to go snorkeling, we took a small kayak and we went ten meters and saw a school of ten to 15 manta rays around us. It was amazing. What better way to get away from the world than there? The sunrises and sunset in French Polynesia are like nowhere else in the world, it looks like the sky is on fire every single day.

Marissa Anwar, Travel Content Creator, Founder Darling Escapes

What do you think is the perfect travel-related Valentine’s Date? 

Strolling through St. Marco Square in Venice at night after all the tourists have left the island.

Why is this a particularly romantic experience?

There’s magic in the air at night. You’ll see classical musicians playing at various cafés around the square, couples dancing, walking hand in hand and admiring the beauty of the square at night. At times, it feels like you’re the only people who’ve stumbled into this secret location. 

What made this a memorable experience for you? 

We ended up in the square after getting lost in the Venetian alleyways and couldn’t believe how different the experience compared to our visit earlier during the day. Gone were the hordes of crowds, and the throngs of tour groups, and all that was left was us and a few other people who were lost in the romance of the night. 

Victoria Hui, Content Creator 

What do you think is the perfect travel-related Valentine’s Date? 

If you have the time and means, I would recommend getting out of the city and renting an Airbnb, something like a cabin in the woods. I like intimate, small settings so I can really enjoy my time with the other person. We once went to an Airbnb in Prince Edward County about an hour outside of Toronto. It was a converted church renovated to be an Airbnb and had a fire pit and snowmobiles. 

Why is this a particularly romantic experience?

It felt like a home away from home. When you’re at your own house you can have so many distractions that keep you from spending quality time. You can truly relax at Airbnbs where you get the homey experience but get away from your home chores. Hotels can feel a bit clinical sometimes. 

Why is this a particularly romantic experience?

We spent a full weekend there, just had a nice intimate getaway. We felt isolated from the world, watched movies, made s’mores and cooked dinner together. It felt so nice to remove ourselves from everyday life without the distractions of phones or computers.

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